Leading Double Lives: The History of the Double House in Des Moines, 2005

(2005) Leading Double Lives: The History of the Double House in Des Moines, 2005. Transportation, Department of


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How people choose to live depends on a variety of social and economic circumstances. Single family dwellings, extended family compounds, and communal apartment blocks are all forms of residential architecture that have ancient roots and occur in every culture. Each form both reflects and affects the living styles of the people who reside there. The double house, which shelters two families in units separated by a wall or floor, balances the convenience of an apartment with the psychological comforts of a home. During the mid to late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States, the double house was hugely popular in some cities, such as Minneapolis and Milwaukee, but only a minimal presence in Des Moines

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Housing, Double Houses, Des Moines, Camilla Deiber
Subjects: History and culture > Local history
History and culture
History and culture > History of Iowa
ID Code: 4133
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2006
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/4133

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